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8:45 AM ET, September 28, 2021

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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Dems' sneaky sabotage  —  A group tied to prominent Democratic strategists is posing as a conservative outfit to try to drive a wedge between the Republican candidate for Virginia governor and his core voters, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The state's gubernatorial race …
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Politico:
‘People are going to get skittish:’ White House sweats over McAuliffe  —  The governor's race in Virginia could shape the outlook for the midterms.  Democrats can't afford a loss.  —  Terry McAuliffe, whose second and final debate with Glenn Youngkin (not shown) is Tuesday evening, isn't shying away from the warnings.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:   Virginia's economy is at risk
Washington Post:
Trump played tough with Putin when cameras were around, while Putin toyed with his insecurities, a new book says  —  Little is known about what happened in the 90-minute conversation between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan, two years ago.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Guardian
Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Pass the damn infrastructure bill, dammit  —  Then pass the reconciliation bill, then pass another bill...  I am annoyed at the way Democrats are handling the two spending bills now moving through Congress.  When the bipartisan infrastructure deal passed the Senate, I assumed it was a done deal …
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Washington Post:
Vulnerable House Democrats say it really better be infrastructure week
Washington Post:
House Democrats huddle amid simmering tensions over Biden's big economic agenda
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
New York can move forward with coronavirus vaccine mandate for school workers, judges say  —  Teachers and other school workers in the city have until Friday to show they have received at least one vaccine shot  —  A federal appeals court Monday made way for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio …
Discussion: NBC New York, The Hill and abc7NY
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New York Times:
Deadline Looming, Thousands of Health Care Workers in New York Get Vaccinated  —  Though many hospital and nursing home employees remain unvaccinated, officials say worst-case staffing shortages seem less likely.  —  When New York State officials issued a sweeping coronavirus vaccine mandate …
Discussion: WIVB-TV, Mediaite and The Big Picture
New York Times:   New York City can proceed with vaccine mandate for educators and staff, judges ruled.
Michael Warren / CNN:
Trump's spiteful support for Abrams over Kemp sparks midterms fear from Georgia Republicans  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is escalating his fight against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, and state Republicans fear it will give Democrats a stronger foothold in the key swing state as next year's midterm elections loom.
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Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Republicans Block Government Funding, Refusing to Lift Debt Limit  —  Senate Republicans opposed legislation to avert a government shutdown and prevent a debt default at a critical moment for Democrats' domestic agenda.  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a spending bill needed …
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   Both Louisiana Sens. Cassidy And Kennedy Vote Against Disaster Relief For Their Own State
Politico:
Dems may drop debt fight to avoid shutdown
Damon Linker / The Week:
The unimportance of Trump's incompetence  —  The most talked-about essay of the past week is undoubtedly Robert Kagan's “Our constitutional crisis is already here” in The Washington Post, a long, gripping examination of the very serious danger that Donald Trump poses to American democracy …
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
When Trump says the U.S. ‘will not survive,’ don't look away
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Idaho COVID Insanity Shows How Much Worse the GOP Can Get
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Michael Powell / New York Times:
A.C.L.U. Apologizes for Tweet That Altered Quote by Justice Ginsburg  —  The organization acknowledged that changing references from women to people was a mistake — albeit a well-intentioned one.  —  Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The A.C.L.U. Errs on R.B.G.  —  Recently, on the anniversary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, the American Civil Liberties Union set out to pay tribute to her pro-choice heroism, and ended up making the sort of self-parodic blunder the right salivates over.  —  One of R.B.G.'s iconic quotes came …
Discussion: The Hill and JONATHAN TURLEY
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig  —  “All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud.”  —  Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer whose meteoric rise to internet fandom began …
Discussion: Fox News, BizPac Review and RedState
Troy Closson / New York Times:
R. Kelly Found Guilty in Decades-Long Sexual Abuse Scheme  —  The six-week trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., included graphic and disturbing testimony about sexual abuse by one of America's best-known musicians.  —  Key Updates:  —  Jonah Bromwichcovers the courts in New York
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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
The Largest Autocracy on Earth  —  In 1947, Albert Einstein, writing in this magazine, proposed the creation of a single world government to protect humanity from the threat of the atomic bomb.  His utopian idea did not take hold, quite obviously, but today, another visionary is building the simulacrum of a cosmocracy.
New York Times:
New Taliban Chancellor Bars Women From Kabul University  —  The new policy for Afghanistan's premier university is another major blow to women's rights under Taliban rule, and to a two-decade effort to build up higher education.  —  Tightening the Taliban's restrictions on women …
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg and KVIA-TV
Zachary Stieber / theepochtimes.com:
Florida Man Dies While Awaiting Trial on Charges Related to Jan. 6 US Capitol Breach  —  A U.S. military veteran who was charged in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach has died.  —  John Anderson, 61, died at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 21, according to family members and his lawyer.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Here's the Truth About Brett Kavanaugh's Finances  —  No, liberals, the Koch brothers don't own him.  —  It's become a predictable pattern: The Supreme Court issues a controversial ruling on a hot-button social issue, and then Justice Brett Kavanaugh trends on Twitter.
Discussion: PREVAIL
Nate Rattner / CNBC:
Unvaccinated Americans say the need for booster shots proves Covid vaccines don't work, Kaiser survey shows  — A Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows that 71% percent of unvaccinated respondents said boosters are a sign that vaccines are not working.  — The split in attitudes toward …
Discussion: CNN
Hunter Walker / New York Magazine:
Jumaane Jumps In He's running for governor, calling Kathy Hochul a Cuomo ‘enabler,’ and keeping an eye on Tish James.  —  Three years ago, Jumaane Williams came within seven points of beating Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary for New York lieutenant governor.
Sophie Haigney / The Drift:
Persistence Pays  —  “Harriet Tubman was born a slave, and her story could have ended there.  Instead, she persisted, escaping from slavery and becoming the most famous ‘conductor’ on the Underground Railroad,” begins the first section of Chelsea Clinton's baffling 2017 children's book …
Connor O'Brien / Politico:
Milley and Austin head for Capitol Hill buzz saw  —  Top Pentagon leaders are set to face tough questions over the Afghanistan withdrawal.  —  Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin arrives at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, N.J., on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, to tour an Afghan refugee camp on base.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Mapped: No majority-Hispanic districts added in Texas  —  Texas Republicans propose adding seats in Austin and Houston — but no majority-Hispanic districts — in new congressional district maps released Monday.  —  Why it matters: Texas is a rapidly growing, diversifying and politically changing state.
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
Stephen Groves / Associated Press:
As daughter sought state license, Noem summoned agency head  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Just days after a South Dakota agency moved to deny her daughter's application to become a certified real estate appraiser, Gov. Kristi Noem summoned to her office the state employee who ran the agency …
Orange Wang / South China Morning Post:
China's power shortage turns dire as traffic lights fail, homes fall dark  —  Half of China's provincial jurisdictions mandate rationing of electricity, but poor communication and unclear timeline leave angry public in the dark One local government warns that entire power grid at risk of collapse …
Neal E. Boudette / New York Times:
Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push  —  The automaker and a supplier will spend $11.4 billion on three battery factories and a truck plant, creating 11,000 jobs.  —  Ford Motor significantly increased its commitment to electric cars and trucks on Monday by announcing …
Discussion: Financial Times
New York Times:
American Siblings Barred From Leaving China for 3 Years Return to U.S.  —  Their release coincided with an agreement on Friday that cleared the way for a senior executive of Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecommunications giant, to return to China.  —  Victor and Cynthia Liu …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Examiner
Robby Soave / Reason:
Viral Video of White Woman Allegedly Telling Black Couple To ‘Stay in Your Hood’ Was Recorded by a Known Fabulist  —  Frederick Joseph is a marketing guru, an Elizabeth Warren campaign surrogate, and the author of a 2020 book, The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person.  He is black.
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Post and TheBlaze
 
 
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The Daily Beast:
DHS Cyber Office Wants to See Secret Voting Machine Vulnerability Report
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
New York Times:
America's Top General Back in the Center of a Political Battle
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Thousands of Haitian migrants reportedly heading to US border
Discussion: Twitchy
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Florida's ‘Fully Vaccinated’ Rate Is the Same as Other Anti-Vax, Science-Hating States Delaware, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania
Discussion: Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Akhil Ramesh / The Hill:
Has China already won?
Discussion: CNBC
Jon Jackson / Newsweek:
Trump's ‘Mar-a-Lago Trio’ Broke Law in Plan to Monetize Veterans' Medical Records: Report
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
California's universal voting by mail becomes permanent
Saahil Desai / The Atlantic:
Misinformation Is About to Get So Much Worse  —  Editor's Note: This article is part of our coverage of The Atlantic Festival.
Matthew Yglesias / Slow Boring:
Education polarization is only growing
Discussion: Instapundit
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Republicans learned to stop worrying and embrace ‘replacement theory’ — by name
Discussion: The Root and Popular Information
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Public Continues to Underestimate COVID's Age Discrimination
Discussion: Washington Post